When you have kids from different cultures, home situations, parenting styles, and religions all crammed together for 6-8 hours a day, somebody’s going to be offended, and probably also hurt, and bullied, and maybe pregnant. It seems that schools try to combat this by banning things in an effort to keep some semblance of order. What does and does not get banned can get a little weird and is sometimes not well thought out, so here are 25 Most Ridiculous Things You Won’t Believe Are Banned In Schools.
If you're over the age of 30 or so, you may have fond memories of snowball fights in the schoolyard or on the playground. Well, no more. Schools are starting to ban snowball fights because there might be an injury or hurt feelings. Or you know...fun.
Toys that have plastic guns. Not plastic guns themselves, but even toys with them. It's not just that we don't want kids pretending to shoot one another; we want to make school a place where we can pretend that guns don't exist. This is why a 9-year-old boy who wore a hat decorated with an American flag and Army men and an 8-year-old boy who had a lego police officer both got in trouble. Army men and Lego police officers. Glad you're keeping the kids safe from those particular dangers, rather than, you know, teaching them perspective and context.
Bathroom stall doors. In 2012, a High School in Texas removed the doors on their bathroom stalls, claiming it was for student safety. However, students say it was really to prevent students from participating in "certain activities" in the bathroom. Because if you're willing to do "certain activities" in a public school bathroom, the lack of a door is what's gonna stop you.
In 2012, a boy at Palo Alto's Jordan Middle School who carried the Cystic Fibrosis gene but did not have the disease was forced to change schools. The school claimed it was in order to protect students who DID have the disease at the school. People with Cystic Fibrosis can carry a bacteria that is dangerous to others with the disease. However, the boy in question did NOT have cystic fibrosis, just the gene mutation for it. The school still kicked him out without ever seeing a medical record. For some fun perspective, about 1 out of every 25 people carry the gene.
Self Defense. In most public schools in the US, a "zero tolerance" policy for bullying and violence means that the bully and the bullied both get punished equally if the victim eventually defends themselves. According to this rule, the student is apparently just supposed to take the beating until a faculty member can be found to negotiate with the bully to stop. Of course that's not the intent of the policy, but that's the result. Good job, guys.
Want to know more about the truth behind bullying? Check out 25 Disturbing Facts About Bullying You Probably Didn’t Know.
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